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Beautiful, Critical Data

Beautiful, Critical Data

Beautiful data, critical to understanding people and teams We live in a truly fascinating and complex world. People, in particular, never cease to surprise us - both in good and bad ways! At CharacterScope we embrace the complexity and diversity of people, and we’re...

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Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

I’ve been known to get distracted, often because I’m drawn to what’s new and interesting, and I feel restlessly creative. Recently, in the middle of a team meeting a colleague had to pull me up as I tried to explore some new data and “find an answer” then and there,...

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

I live on a small-holding in West Wales and lock-down has been carefully observed amongst our locals. With restrictions on our lives finally easing, I find that on the occasions I go out these days I am mostly left feeling angry, enraged even!My anger is not at the...

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Regular readers will know that our original snippet curator, Angus, is off risk-taking and I'm taking over the snippet series. I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch and let me know how you're finding these snippets - your feedback helps keep them going in...

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Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

Snippet – No.18: Perseverance

I’ve been known to get distracted, often because I’m drawn to what’s new and interesting, and I feel restlessly creative. Recently, in the middle of a team meeting a colleague had to pull me up as I tried to explore some new data and “find an answer” then and there,...

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

Snippet – No.17: Self-regulation

I live on a small-holding in West Wales and lock-down has been carefully observed amongst our locals. With restrictions on our lives finally easing, I find that on the occasions I go out these days I am mostly left feeling angry, enraged even!My anger is not at the...

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Snippet – No.16: Curiosity

Regular readers will know that our original snippet curator, Angus, is off risk-taking and I'm taking over the snippet series. I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch and let me know how you're finding these snippets - your feedback helps keep them going in...

Snippet – No.15: Risk-taking

Snippet – No.15: Risk-taking

Six snippets ago I talked about lock-down without my phone. It meant I noticed things I would otherwise have missed – the sounds, smells, sites of my hometown.The ‘Fix’ suggested that week was to delete an app that you use on a daily basis and notice what you feel,...

Snippet – No.14: Appetite

Snippet – No.14: Appetite

I have been trying to support some of Useful and Kind Unlimited’s cohort of young people (18-25) through these times of enormous uncertainty, challenge and frustration, and so in the last few weeks I have asked myself the same question I always ask my clients,...

Snippet – No.13: Prudence

Snippet – No.13: Prudence

I cycled 203km a few days ago as a way of marking the Summer solstice, the furthest I’ve ever cycled. Days had been merging into one and I wanted something to look back on in future years, a kind of ‘before the ride’ and ‘after the ride’, a way of getting some...

Snippet – No.12: Resilience

Snippet – No.12: Resilience

“Nana korobi ya oki 七転び八起き”Fall seven times, rise eight” - Japanese Proverb I was exhausted this weekend. People commenting that I looked pale and I really did feel tired. I’ve been wondering ‘why?’Lockdown has been a long slog – a mentally and physically...

7 Insights on Good Leadership

7 Insights on Good Leadership

When we and others around us lead well, life is better: we are more productive, more engaged, more open to learning, more fulfilled. But what is it that is happening? What is our understanding of leadership? Here are CharacterScope’s 7 Insights on what good leadership...

Snippet – No.11: Open-minded

Snippet – No.11: Open-minded

As an habitual optimist, I am drawn to all the new and exciting possibilities in any situation, so when lockdown began my thoughts were “there is so much potential to harness here.”But my temporary openness and its accompanying high has so often come crashing down...

Snippet – No.10: Optimism

Snippet – No.10: Optimism

When I think back to March, when our worlds changed completely, I remember feeling a huge sense of worry, dread and fear – there were so many sleepless nights! I felt anxious about all the people who would become ill or lose loved ones, those on the front...

Snippet – No.9: Other awareness

Snippet – No.9: Other awareness

What I learned from 5 days off in lockdown with a broken phone! Could I really keep sane without all the distractions I’m used to: 9am check-ins, 2x weekly Zoom pub quizzes and an endless stream of WhatsApp video suggestions, all out of access for the foreseeable...

Snippet – No.8: Resilience

Snippet – No.8: Resilience

When I think about my next development goal, I am torn between choosing ‘Resilience’ (my anxieties are not about death, but rather about job losses and poverty – my family after all were Jewish war refugees) and ‘Influential’ (can I use this time to find my influencer...

Snippet – No.7: Perspective

Snippet – No.7: Perspective

When I’m feeling the strain, I usually take a task in front of me and focus it down, throwing all my attention and effort at it until it’s done. But, as a consequence, I lose track of everything else that is going on around me. I lose track of the context behind why...

Snippet – No.6: Thinks ahead

Snippet – No.6: Thinks ahead

I've always wanted to be better at 'Thinks ahead'. Working in a finance role, and constantly involved in cashflow and P&L forecasts, my peers assume I would be great at this. In fact, I am very executional: brilliant at getting things done, but I struggle with...

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Snippet – No.5: Bravery

Bravery is the thing I have been focusing on for the last few weeks. For me, bravery is not about leaving the house or facing my fears about all the news, its been about the opportunity to take a different approach to my work - being braver about my innovation and...

Snippet – No.4: Fairness

Snippet – No.4: Fairness

Growing up with 6 siblings has contributed to fairness being really important to me! But it’s not always easy to balance my own needs with the needs of others.I give so much energy to everyone else: work, children, family, friends – that the intensity of attempting to...

Snippet – No.3: Perseverance

Snippet – No.3: Perseverance

I didn’t have whatever skills and behaviours I needed for working from home, and I needed to learn fast. Having struggled with English at school, communicating online was always a struggle, and it’s something I avoided. Lockdown has forced me to accept my...

Snippet – No.2: Grip

Snippet – No.2: Grip

I am head of Consulting for CharacterScope, and in these unprecedented times I am struck by the difference between clients who are ‘too busy’ to have coaching sessions, and those who are desperate for time to reflect, make sense and plan how to help their teams to...

The 9 Questions Model of Team Effectiveness

The 9 Questions Model of Team Effectiveness

Where do high-performing, high-learning teams come from? If you believe the status quo, it’s a simple question of starting with the right people, a bit of social ‘team building’, and then hours clocked working together… and hey presto, a High-Performing Team. That’s what we find most team leaders do: put together or join a team, book a team-build, maybe run through a psychometric if you’re a fan of data, and then get down to business.

Snippet – No.1: Connects

Snippet – No.1: Connects

We all have our own strengths and gaps - aspects of our character that either shine brightly (even when we're not trying!), or that really don't come naturally to us. For me, a real gap is staying connected with others.I love to focus on solving challenges, building,...

The Engaging Leader

The Engaging Leader

The Charismatic-Servant profile is a combination reasonably frequently seen in our data-set, but do you know where they are in your organisation?

The chances are you won’t, because they are not likely to post their achievements in neon lights on the wall behind their desk.

Business Vision – Hidden secrets of the Innovator

Business Vision – Hidden secrets of the Innovator

Hidden secrets of the InnovatorMark Loftus for Business Vision Innovators: entrepreneurs taking risks, investors with confidence in their own judgement, colleagues who find the new angle. What makes them tick? You may assume they are filled with self-confidence, but...

What do you want from a leadership culture?

What do you want from a leadership culture?

A leadership culture that sets direction Leadership culture is formed from the top down. Culture is effectively a self-supporting web of beliefs and behaviours. Over time these become leadership practices and eventually create an environment that attracts people who...

Leaders inspire leadership

Leaders inspire leadership

Let’s do a quick recap from the earlier blogposts. We’ve seen that there is no definitive list of ‘leader traits’: leaders are as diverse as humanity. We’ve also seen that there is no neat list of leader behaviours or skills. Instead, we’ve seen that a focus on why we...

Why do we have leaders?

Why do we have leaders?

Rather than start this, the third blogpost in our series of articles doing a deep-dive into leaders and leadership, with an exploration of what leaders do, we’re going to start with an even more basic question: what are leaders for? Part 1 Part 2 Here’s why this...

Building a culture of leadership

Building a culture of leadership

Scaling leadership development is the single fastest way to create new capabilities across an organisation. There is no ‘silver bullet’ to achieve this: coaching is a potential solution but not cost-effectively scalable and emerging digital products show promise, but remain untested.

The CharacterScope Develop App is here!

The CharacterScope Develop App is here!

Welcome to the CharacterScope Develop App The brand new CharacterScope Develop App is here! After an intense 6 months of development we are thrilled to tell the world that the Develop App can now be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play store.   34...

HR Business Leaders Programme

HR Business Leaders Programme

We are delighted that CharacterScope has been chosen to support the Guild of Human Resources Professionals in its exciting development programme for future HR Business leaders. The Guild of Human Resource Professionals is a newly formed Guild with the purpose of...